Despite knowing that state laws were broken last year during the first annual “Pride Week,” Austin Independent School District is once again setting aside this week for the indoctrination and sexualization of children.

According to the district’s website, their goal in hosting the “Pride Week” celebration is to show parents, students, and teachers what the district is doing to create a “safe, supportive and inclusive environment.”

The response from parents has been overwhelmingly unfavorable. Some referred to the event as “repulsive,” “ridiculous,” “sick,” and “degeneracy,” while others referred to the district’s actions as “child abuse.” Another Austin resident said AISD is just “another failing district of perverts – reminiscent of HISD. These children deserve an education not indoctrination.”

Several citizens were infuriated that adults who are not parents are “fighting for the right to discuss sexuality, gender, and transsexuality with children under the guise of education and inclusion.”

The school district is also encouraging parents and students to attend the Austin Pride Parade, which will take place in August.

AISD school officials will also be giving out “pride and ally” stickers, posters, flags, and pronoun buttons at campus front offices, and campuses have already received suggested activities, plans, lessons, and resources from the district for “Pride Week.” Last year, some of the lessons/activities required children to divulge what was said to anyone.

One of last year’s activities was a teacher-led “community circle,” where teachers taught children about LGBTQ+ behavior and hazardous sexual materials and information.

The lesson and activity plans created by the district were designed for children in pre-K (as young as 4 years old) through second grade. Students from kindergarten through fifth grade were instructed to not repeat anything discussed in the circle to anyone.

“Please remember that we agreed to keep what happened in this Circle confidential,” reads last year’s lesson plan.

After the inappropriate lesson plan was exposed, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton wrote a letter to the district, informing them that their “Pride Week” program violated state law.

“By hosting ‘Pride Week,’ your district has, at best, undertaken a week-long instructional effort in human sexuality without parental consent,” said Paxton last year. “Or, worse, your district is cynically pushing a week-long indoctrination of your students that not only fails to obtain parental consent, but subtly cuts parents out of the loop. Either way, you are breaking state law.”

“Long gone are the days when we took pride in reading, writing, and arithmetic in the schoolhouse,” said president of Texas Family Project, Chris Hopper. “Now pride week is a toxic environment that targets heterosexuals as bigots and showcases the flamboyant alphabet monster as the prized showpiece.”

Hopper continued:

As we know too well, their commitment to creating a “safe and inclusive” environment does not extend to everyone. If you’re a white, religious heterosexual, good luck being recognized. Austin public schools will be falling behind most schools, comparable in size, in Texas, but not to worry, they are passing out pride week guide packs to help a failing education system “educate, engage, and inspire.” Parents, this would be a good week to consider pulling your kids out and, when asked why, state that you don’t believe subjecting your kids to alternative lifestyles and being forced to join in the celebration is acceptable.

Under the education code, parents can file grievances against the district with the Texas Education Agency.

Soli Rice

A journalist for Texas Scorecard, Soli is a new Texan with a passion for politics. She's excited to hone her writing skills and help spread truth to Texans.